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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in December 2009 at 5.4% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Nebraska 2.9% -0.1 -0.1
Omaha 3.0% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 24,613. There are now 9,631 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,725 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,257. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,982 -302 +1,141

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5% 2.9%
January
2020
3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 14,982
December
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.0% 15,284
November
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.1% 15,479
October
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.0% 15,341
September
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.0% 15,268
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 15,219
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 15,059
June
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 14,889
May
2019
3.6% 3.1% 3.0% 14,650
April
2019
3.6% 3.1% 2.9% 14,362
March
2019
3.8% 3.1% 2.9% 14,200

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.